A Better Bus Service for Saffron Walden?

Bus 6 at Thaxted

Read the full Report on Saffron Walden's Bus Services and how they could be improved

Recommendations

  1. ECC needs to change the timetables of routes 59, 60 & 301 so that a half-hourly service linking with trains at Audley End is provided instead of two bus each hour (not linking with trains) and running with two buses together then almost an hour to wait for the next pair.
  2. ECC should provide useful timetables on the bus stops serving more than one route, which enable passengers to find the next bus to their desired destination (and where to board it).
  3. ECC should provide better facilities at the High Street stops including more seating and electronic timetable displays. Out of date timetables from many other stops need to be updated.
  4. If ECC is no longer able to supply printed or online regional bus timetables, Saffron Walden Town Council should do so - providing a free online timetable which can be printed out and sold at cost by the Tourist Information Centre. This system would make it easy to maintain up to date timetables.
  5. Stephensons need to put more effort into attracting passengers to use their buses, advertise the availability of all-day tickets and make their buses run on the advertised routes (or change the advertised routes)
  6. ECC & PlusBus need to provide a PlusBus ticket for Audley End train/bus passengers, at present it is not even possible to buy a return bus ticket to Audley End if one leg of the journey is provided by Viceroys and the other by ECC/Stephensons.
  7. A Sunday service linking Walden to Audley End and Stansted Airport is essential and should replace the subsidy for the not very useful 132 service
  8. UDC & Saffron Walden TC should seriously investigate provision of a park and ride service which, it is suggested, would be both profitable and an excellent way of reducing town-centre car travel.
  9. The primary purpose of the study was to provide the Saffron Walden Neighbourhood Plan Group with factual information for use in the preparation of those parts of the plan related to public transport.
  10. However, the investigation identified many issues that demand immedate attention by Essex County Council public transport services, Stephensons and other bus service providers in Saffron Walden, the UDC and Town councils and local politicians.

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